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The Grateful Dead – In The Dark

Hand signed in bold gold paint pen by: Jerry Garcia – Phil Lesh – Bob Weir – Brent Mydland – Bill Kreutzmann – Mickey Hart.

Custom Designed Vertical Award Style with Genuine Gold Award Album.

Measures: 20”x40”x2”.

In the Dark is the 12th studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded between January 6 and 13, 1987, and originally released on July 6, 1987.

In the Dark was the band’s first album in six years, and its first studio album since 1980′s Go to Heaven. It became unexpectedly popular, achieving double platinum certification in the US. The peppy “Touch of Grey” became their only single to reach the top ten (and, for that matter, top 40) on the Billboard Hot 100; it also became a frequently played music video on MTV. “Hell in a Bucket” and “Throwing Stones” also achieved significant album-oriented rock radio airplay. The album itself reached the top ten of the Billboard 200 album chart, again the highest ranking the group would ever have.

Most of the songs on this album had been played by the Dead since 1982 or 1983, which gave them a five-year edge on perfecting these songs for this album. After the critically panned Go to Heaven, which contained songs that were mostly under a year old, the maturity of In The Dark was significantly more appreciated.

The album title, “In the Dark”, represents how the band compiled the album. The Dead are well known for their striving for that “perfect” sound (e.g. the Wall of Sound) as well as their experimental episodes. Since live music is their forte, they decided to try to capture a “hybrid” live sound for this album.

Since the band had been playing the songs for some time, they decided to record the baseline tracks for the album in a darkened theater (“In the Dark”) that was empty (no audience), on a stage with the same lighting as they would use on tour (just to have the band perform in a more comfortable, familiar setting). The idea was to capture the “feel” they had for the songs as if they were playing them to a live audience.

They then brought these recorded tracks to the studio and then if needed, “cleaned” them up, overdubbing them or redoing a guitar, vocal, keyboard, or drum track in the studio using the same “riffs” they used on the stage recording.


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